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Wal-Mart ups holiday hiring 10%, with plans to hire 55,000 temporary workers

BY Dan Berthiaume

Bentonville, Ark. — Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. plans to hire 55,000 seasonal associates for the 2013 holiday season, up from 50,000 last year. In addition, the retailer intends to transition more than 35,000 associates from temporary to part-time and another 35,000 associates from part-time to full-time.

“Our associates have always been the key to Walmart’s success, and that’s especially true during the holidays,” said Gisel Ruiz, executive VP, CEO, Wal-Mart U.S. We know our associates are going to deliver for our customers, so we are going to deliver for our associates. In addition to the traditional hiring of seasonal help, we are expanding opportunities for the people that already work for us.

Chief Wal-Mart rival Target Corp. reportedly plans to hire 70,000 seasonal workers for the upcoming holiday season, about 20% less than the 88,000 seasonal workers it hired for last year’s holiday season.

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Piracy, discoverability challenge app developers

BY Dan Berthiaume

San Francisco — Piracy and discoverability are the top issues facing app developers today, with 26% of app developers reporting their apps have been pirated. A survey of more than 250 app developers App Developers Conference (ADC) also shows that a similar 26% found that their apps had been hacked, or obtained without proper payment.

Other statistics include that a majority of app developers say discoverability issues, including an overcrowded app market and an excess of low-quality apps, make it hard to get consumers to find an app. In addition, 21% of app developers create brand marketing apps.

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McAlister’s Deli names franchise vet chief development officer

BY Dan Berthiaume

Alpharetta, Ga. – McAlister’s Deli has named Jeff Sturgis as chief development officer. Sturgis has more than 17 years of experience in the franchise industry, including working as a consultant as well as senior management and development positions with Fantastic Sams Hair Salons and Focus Brands.

Sturgis will lead development functions including franchise sales, real estate, store design and construction.

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